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Umut Sarpel

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Surgery, Surgical Oncology
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  • American Board of Surgery


  • MD, S.U.N.Y, Buffalo - School of Med & Biomed Science

  • Residency, General Surgery
    Mount Sinai Hospital

  • Fellowship, Surgical Oncology
    Mount Sinai Hospital


    Umut Sarpel, M.D. is a board-certified Surgeon who specializes in Surgical Oncology.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in research from the University of Rochester, where she was selected to participate in the competitive “Take 5 Program”.  This program grants students an additional tuition-free year to pursue studies in other areas of interest; Dr. Sarpel used this opportunity to travel to Turkey to learn about Turkic and Ottoman History, and then to Paris to study French Art History.  She earned her medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed her residency at one of the top General Surgery Programs in the country, The Mount Sinai Medical Center.  Dr. Sarpel then pursued an additional two years of specialty training in the field of Surgical Oncology while attaining a Masters of Science in Clinical Research. 

    Dr. Sarpel, who is heavily involved in clinical and outcomes research, has published several articles in the fields of surgical oncology, hepatobiliary surgery, and healthcare disparities.  She is a recent recipient of a National Cancer Institute grant to investigate the disparities in the treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma, the third leading cause of death from cancer in the world.

    Dr. Umut Sarpel is a dedicated physician who works to provide the highest standard of patient care; a compelling story of Dr. Sarpel with one of her patients was recently featured in the book "Twelve Patients.”  She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, the American HepatoPancreatoBiliary Association, as well as the International Liver Cancer Association.

    Listen to Dr. Sarpel, as she speaks about Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC).


  • 2013 -
    The Medical Student Teaching Award in Surgery
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

  • 2010 -
    Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

  • 2007 -
    House Staff Award for Excellence in Teaching
    The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

  • 2006 -
    Award for Outstanding Teaching
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • 2006 -
    Humanism and Excellence in Teaching - Certificate of Honorable Mention
    Mount Sinai Medical Center, Department of Surgery, New York, NY

  • 2006 -
    The Medical Student Teaching Award in Surgery
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY


Melis M, Marcon F, Masi A, Pinna A, Sarpel U, Miller G, Moore H, Cohen S, Berman R, Pachter HL, Newman E. The safety of a pancreaticoduodenectomy in patients older than 80 years: risk vs. benefits. HPB : the official journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association 2012 Sep; 14(9).

Kalet A, Ellaway RH, Song HS, Nick M, Sarpel U, Hopkins MA, Hill J, Plass JL, Pusic MV. Factors influencing medical student attrition and their implications in a large multi-center randomized education trial. Advances in health sciences education : theory and practice 2012 Aug;.

Huz JI, Melis M, Sarpel U. Spontaneous regression of hepatocellular carcinoma is most often associated with tumour hypoxia or a systemic inflammatory response. HPB : the official journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association 2012 Aug; 14(8).

Leng J, Lee T, Sarpel U, Lau J, Li Y, Cheng C, Chang MD, Gany F. Identifying the informational and psychosocial needs of Chinese immigrant cancer patients: a focus group study. Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer 2012 Apr;.

Sarpel U, Melis M, Newman E, Pachter HL, Berman RS. The Development of a Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program: a Tale of Three Hospitals. Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education 2012 Apr;.

Lee E, Leon Pachter H, Sarpel U. Hepatic arterial embolization for the treatment of metastatic neuroendocrine tumors. International journal of hepatology 2012; 2012.

Wan DW, Tzimas D, Smith JA, Kim S, Araujo J, David R, Lobach I, Sarpel U. Risk factors for early-onset and late-onset hepatocellular carcinoma in Asian immigrants with hepatitis B in the United States. The American journal of gastroenterology 2011 Nov; 106(11).

Melis M, Marcon F, Masi A, Sarpel U, Miller G, Moore H, Cohen S, Berman R, Pachter HL, Newman E. Effect of intra-operative fluid volume on peri-operative outcomes after pancreaticoduodenectomy for pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Journal of surgical oncology 2012 Jan; 105(1).

Wich LG, Ma MW, Price LS, Sidash S, Berman RS, Pavlick AC, Miller G, Sarpel U, Goldberg JD, Osman I. Impact of socioeconomic status and sociodemographic factors on melanoma presentation among ethnic minorities. Journal of community health 2011 Jun; 36(3).

Industry Relationships

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Dr. Sarpel did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2013 and/or 2014: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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